RARE AIRCRAFT INSIGNIA FROM THE FIRST "US OWNED" AIRCRAFT FLOWN BY AMERICANS IN WORLD WAR I, THE DORLAND AR1, 1ST AERO SQUADRON, 1917-1918 Insignia: framed 28 x 38.5in (71 x 98cm)

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RARE AIRCRAFT INSIGNIA FROM THE FIRST "US OWNED" AIRCRAFT FLOWN BY AMERICANS IN WORLD WAR I, THE DORLAND AR1, 1ST AERO SQUADRON, 1917-1918
Insignia: framed 28 x 38.5in (71 x 98cm)

Sold for US$ 43,750 inc. premium
RARE AIRCRAFT INSIGNIA FROM THE FIRST "US OWNED" AIRCRAFT FLOWN BY AMERICANS IN WORLD WAR I, THE DORLAND AR1, 1ST AERO SQUADRON, 1917-1918
Comprising: a wood framed canvas aircraft insignia of an image of the American flag with pole and braid with brass escutcheon plate reading "Insignia from A.R.1 / First U.S. Gov't Owned American Flown Airplane, Used in France During World War"; two large period photographs respectively of pilot Captain Merwyn F. Falk and Lieutenant Joe Farnham with comrades and the aircraft in flight, inscribed "Note American flag, insignia of the 1st Aero Squadron"; 16 smaller photos of French and American pilots and aircraft, including one crash; 1974 color photo of Merwyn's son William Falk with letter signing over the insignia, with letter of authenticity from Butterfields.
Provenance:Captain Merwyn F Falk, the insignia taken from his Dorland AR1, 1918 (with photograph and letter).

Established in 1913, the US 1st Aero Squadron was deployed to France in late 1917 for training, and from April 1918 took part in the offensives at Chateau Thierry, St. Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne. This impressive insignia was taken from one of the Dorland AR1 planes, a reconniassance plane, ordered by the American Expeditionary Force from the Parisian factory ... with 22 delivered in December 1917, and a further 120 the following February 1918. The Renault-engined plane proved to be a poor performer and in early June 1918, it was replaced by a delivery of a new batch of French-built Salmson 2A2s. These planes were all delivered with the newly adopted insignia of the 1st Aero, the stars and stripes. The use of the stars and stripes on the Dorland up until early June had at best been sporadic in nature, and this insignia is certainly one of a very few from a Dorland AR 1 that appears to have have survived.
The 1st Aero squadron was formed in March 1913 and saw action against Pancho Vila in Mexico and Texas in 1916. They were an observation squadron whose task was to photograph enemy entrenchments and to spot enemy movements behind the lines.
Insignia: framed 28 x 38.5in (71 x 98cm)
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RARE AIRCRAFT INSIGNIA FROM THE FIRST "US OWNED" AIRCRAFT FLOWN BY AMERICANS IN WORLD WAR I, THE DORLAND AR1, 1ST AERO SQUADRON, 1917-1918 Insignia: framed 28 x 38.5in (71 x 98cm)
RARE AIRCRAFT INSIGNIA FROM THE FIRST "US OWNED" AIRCRAFT FLOWN BY AMERICANS IN WORLD WAR I, THE DORLAND AR1, 1ST AERO SQUADRON, 1917-1918 Insignia: framed 28 x 38.5in (71 x 98cm)
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